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10 Sep 14. Babcock wins equipment contract for British military. Babcock has been awarded a contract by the UK MoD Maritime Equipment Systems (MES) team, to supply and support a range of davits, lifts, cranes and winches for use by the Royal Navy, Army and RAF. This is the latest in a number of equipment asset management contracts delivered by Babcock. Under the seven year Maritime Davits, Lifts, Cranes and Winches (DLCW) contract, Babcock will supply, manufacture and repair items including boat davits, aircraft lifts, weapon lifts, stores and personnel lifts, deck cranes, monorail cranes, overhead travelling cranes, folding cranes, winches and capstans, as well as providing spares, equipment repair and technical support. The company will also be responsible for managing obsolescence, configuration and quality management. In delivering this contract, Babcock will be working closely with key suppliers to ensure that required items are delivered on-time and to the required quality, in line with the contract’s stringent Key Performance Indicators. Babcock will also ensure compliance with ammunition lifting regulations, where required, across all the DLCW range of equipment, as well as meeting low magnetic equipment requirements, including davit equipment and folding cranes.
09 Sep 14. The UK MoD confirmed the award of a contract to Force Protection Europe Ltd, a Business Unit of General Dynamics Europe, for the support and maintenance of the Wolfhound, Mastiff and Ridgback MRAP vehicles for £30,551, 702.02.
08 Sep 14. General Dynamics UK has received an order from BAE Systems to upgrade the Control and Video Interface (CVI) for the UK Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 1 fleet. The Enhanced CVI digital voice and video recording capability provides significantly improved recording times and picture quality, and increases the commonality between the three tranches of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, thus further improving fleet supportability. The Enhanced CVI development programme commenced in 2012. General Dynamics UK, working in close partnership with BAE Systems, managed the programme to meet challenging timescales in order to achieve a Final Design Declaration of Performance of the solution by December 2013. The deliveries of the 60 Enhanced CVI will start in September 2014, with a production rate of 10 units per month.
10 Sep 14. ViaSat Inc. has been awarded $54m from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for co-development and qualification of Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) capabilities for the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS). The MIDS JTRS joint development by ViaSat and Data Link Solutions is part of the U.S. government program to provide a migration path from the MIDS-LVT terminal to a certified, reprogrammable, software-defined radio architecture for tactical data links. The order was awarded under the MIDS Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract initially executed in March 2010 and recently expanded to a higher ceiling amount to accommodate additional awards. Link 16 MIDS is a line-of-sight radio system for collecting and transmitting broadband, jam-resistant, secure data and voice across a variety of air, sea, and ground platforms. (Source: ASD Network)
05 Sep 14. USN awards contract to Textron for second Ship-to-Shore Connector.
* Textron Systems will conduct a production readiness review in September for the first SSC
* LCAC 100 is expected to deliver in February 2017, followed by t